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The Man Who Laughs (1966)

L'uomo che ride (original title)
| Drama | 1966 (USA)
Angelo is a man with a disfigurement in form of a slash across his mouth. While he deals with this, he falls for a beautiful girl named Dea.


Sergio Corbucci


Giuseppe Patroni Griffi (dialogue), A. Bertolotto (screenplay) | 11 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Jean Sorel ... Angelo Bello / Astorre Manfredi
Lisa Gastoni ... Lucrezia Borgia
Ilaria Occhini Ilaria Occhini ... Dea
Edmund Purdom ... Cesare Borgia
Linda Sini Linda Sini ... Margherita
Gianni Musy Gianni Musy ... Paolo Orsini (as Gianni Mussy)
Nino Vingelli ... Ursus
Gino Pernice ... Galeazzo
Ferdinando Poggi Ferdinando Poggi ... Umberto (as Fernando Poggi)
Livia Contardi Livia Contardi
Adriano Cornelli Adriano Cornelli ... Archimedes the Dwarf
Pierre Clémenti ... Orsini's Partisan (as Pierre Clement)
John Bartha John Bartha ... Giovanni (as Jhon Bartha)
Dom Moor Dom Moor ... Vandergris


Angelo is a man with a disfigurement in form of a slash across his mouth. While he deals with this, he falls for a beautiful girl named Dea.

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Waste of a great story.
13 February 2006 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

I shall not pretend as if I have seen the 1928 version of this movie (not yet anyway but I'm certainly planning to) with Conrad Veidt in the main lead, or the original from 1921, of which this movie is a remake but it's pretty safe to assume that those movies are better than this version.

The movie is absolutely horribly made. The concept and setting are quite good and promising but it is all wasted with the weak storytelling of it all. The story itself, based on the book by Victor Hugo, is quite fascination, almost Shakesperean like. It has some great elements in it but it is all wasted in this movie. All of the potential is ruined but the weak acting, dreadful camera-work (seriously, don't they know what a focus-puller is?) and horrible editing. The story is also told messy and at times you don't even know who exactly are supposed to be the good guys and the bad guys of the movie. It makes the movie very unpleasant and uneasy to watch at times.

There are still some good moments in the movie, especially in the middle but overall the movie is a dragging, messy, confusing one that isn't really worth watching. The movie also becomes unnecessary ridicules at times, especially toward the ending of the movie. It truly becomes laughable bad at times and loses all of it's credibility because of those many moments, that are present in the movie.

Great story, very bad storytelling and execution of it all.



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